What is Human Services?

The field of Human Services is broadly defined yet focuses on the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base and demonstration of effective human relationship skills which address client, project, agency, and/or organizational goals. The Human Services profession is one that promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. Services are provided during prevention, intervention, and remediation phases depending upon the goals of a particular organization.

The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong moral commitment to serving others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others and critical thinking, adaptive problem solving, and communication skills allowing them to understand various perspectives or views are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. This Human Services program is designed to meet the standards and competencies outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and is accredited by CSHSE from October 2022 through October 2027.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree allows students to take Core courses that enhance their knowledge, attitudes, and skills in working with all people. Students are then encouraged to choose the Emphasis courses that best fit their career goals. 

Suggested Emphasis courses by career goal

  1. Pre-Counseling - Suggested Courses

    The following courses enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in counseling and human services. Students will learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, demonstrate empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions for themselves and the people they will serve.

    COUN 2500 - Introduction to Principles of Addiction Treatment

    COUN 3600 - Motivational Interviewing I & II

    COUN 3800 - Social & Emotional Development

    COUN 4500 - Wellness, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence

    COUN 4750 - Mental Health Triage & First Aid

    COUN 4830 - Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma-Informed Care


  2. Substance Use & Recovery - Suggested Courses

    The following courses allow students the opportunity to seek certification as an addiction counselor within the state of Colorado. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to meet the core curriculum standards set forth by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health and help students become certification eligible. (CAT and CAS)

    COUN 2500 - Introduction to Principles of Addiction Treatment

    COUN 2990 - Introduction to Addiction Counseling Skills

    COUN 3040 - Pharmacology I, II & Infectious Diseases

    COUN 3600 - Motivational Interviewing I & II

    COUN 4830 - CoOccurring Disorders and Trauma-Informed Care

    COUN 4960 - Clinical Supervision for Addictions Counselors

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